W.A.S.P. – W.A.S.P. (1984)

1. L.O.V.E. Machine
2. On Your Knees
3. Hellion

I was fifteen years old and as most days after school I decided to visit the local record store. This day I found the debut album of W.A.S.P. on the shelf and the cover hooked me instantly. It felt a bit dangerous and attractive at the same time, a well-proven recipe throughout the history of rock ‘n roll. I entered the store’s listening booth and after hearing the album’s opening track the decision was made, the record was shortly thereafter mine. The straight-forward and melodic hard rock of W.A.S.P. felt raw and rebellious which intrigued me from day one. Later that year they made a small tour in Sweden, a tour that became a big deal in Swedish media because of their “outrageous image”. I attended one of these gigs, my first ever hard rock concert and that was a night I never will forget! Fans of the band seem to favor “The Crimson Idol” as their finest moment, but number one for me has always been the debut album.

”Look, look in the candle light
See in the flame of life
And my spell is our lie”
– Sleeping (In The Fire) –